FHL Accomplishments in 2005

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FHL Accomplishments in 2005

Railbanking: FHL's biggest victory yet. Railbanking has been our central goal ever since we started FHL in 1999. It allows the High Line to be preserved for park use, and it enables construction to begin in 2006. Two advances in November 2005 allowed railbanking to take place: the City took ownership of the High Line from CSX Transportation, Inc., and signed a Trail Use Agreement.

City Partnership: In 2005, the City of New York welcomed FHL into a successful collaboration to advance the High Line project. FHL is grateful to the Bloomberg Administration for fostering this extraordinary public-private partnership.

CITU: In June, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). This concluded 20 years of legal disputes about the High Line's future and allowed railbanking negotiations to proceed.

$18 Million in Federal Funding: In August, Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Nadler secured $18 million for the High Line in the multi-year federal transportation bill.

$61.75 Million in City Funding: City funding commitments to the High Line now stand at $61.75 million.

West Chelsea Rezoning: In June, the City rezoned West Chelsea to support the High Line's reuse, among other objectives. Prior to City approval of the rezoning, FHL brought 150 community members to a City Council Hearing to support High Line-related provisions in the proposal.

Preliminary Design: In collaboration with the City, FHL worked with the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro to complete a preliminary design for the first stage of the High Line's transformation (Gansevoort Street to 15th Street).

Public Forums and Input: In May, FHL continued its successful series of public input forums, presenting the preliminary design to 400 New Yorkers at the Bohen Foundation, in the Meatpacking District.

MoMA Exhibition: From April through October, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited "The High Line," an exhibition focused on the preliminary design.

Outstanding Reviews: Reviewing the MoMA exhibition in the Wall Street Journal, Ada Louise Huxtable called the preliminary design, "a proposal that ranks with the best of them. This imaginative and sensitive scheme is so well conceived and its design development is being so well orchestrated… that it serves as an object lesson for [the] preservation movement...."

Front Page New York Times: In June, the New York Times featured a High Line article and photograph on its front page: "Rusty Railroad On Its Way to Pristine Park; City Gets Approval To Transform Old Line".

Free Community Events: In September, over 5,000 people attended the High Line/Kitchen Block Party hosted by FHL with the Kitchen, a West Chelsea arts organization. In October, over 1,400 people viewed the High Line from the gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company auction house; the event was part of the third annual Open House New York weekend. In October and November, the arts organization Creative Time presented an international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation, in an out-of-use meatpacking plant adjacent to the High Line. All events were free.

Education Program: For eight weeks in the fall, FHL sponsored an education program for second-graders at Hudson Guild, culminating in a model-building project.

Strong Fundraising Events: In July, FHL's Summer Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street honored Amanda Burden, Ed Norton, and Joel Sternfeld, attracted 700 guests. In the fall, FHL honored Meatpacking District pioneer Florent Morellet at an irreverent ball at the Roxy.